The thing that gets to me is the lack of respect shown to the people of vocational trades such as the electricians, plumbers, mechanics, welders, stock clerks, iron workers, sheet metal workers, machinist. Yet let some business man’s sinks get clogged up and most of them would not know the first thing to do to remedy the problem. Nor would they want to get their hands dirty to do anything about it. At that time the plumber is the hero because he is the one that comes in and gets the water running again and the sink draining and the toilet flushing.
All the things that are so important in life but so under appreciated till things stop working. Things like the lights in the house or office, the comfortable climate due to heating or air conditioning, the plane or train or car that starts in the morning, the bridges that we drive across to get to work, the buildings that we live work and play in, the nuts bolts and screws we put the kids toys together with. Give the trades men the respect they deserve for the artistry of the job they do!
I’m writing a new book called “Putting Sexy Back in Votech, Vocational Trades and Education”. I would like to see the workers that word in the vocational trades get the respect they deserve as the sexy and hard working individuals they are. These are America’s electricians, plumbers, carpenters, sheet metal workers, machinist, dry wallers, iron workers, welders, and all the other trades that have the artistry to work with their hands to build the things that we take for granted.
I am a flight attendant for a major airline. I am also a TWU Local 556 shop steward. I am currently writing the upcoming book “Putting Sexy Back in Votech, Vocational Education and Trades”. I want to get the word out that the idea that there are no jobs in America is a lie. The fact is that for every three people that retire from Vocational Trades only one person is going into those careers. I want to give vocational education and trades the respect it deserves and see the people that work in the trades such as electrician, plumbers, machinist, welders, mechanics, painters, dry wallers, carpenters, iron workers, steel workers and all the other trades as the heros that they are. They give the world all the creature comforts people have come to take for granted.